Are you travelling this holiday season? Whether you are embarking on a short drive or a long flight, travel doesn’t always mix well with sleep. Keep these 3 holiday travel sleep tips in mind as you celebrate the season…where ever you are!
Don’t be afraid to call ahead of time to learn about the type of crib that is available to you. Some hotels refer to play pens as cribs, and that might not be suitable for your little one. With a high volume of travelers, hotels may not have enough cribs for the demand. Look for opportunities for early check-ins to avoid disappointment. Bring a pack a play in lieu of using the hotel-supplied crib (or as a back up). Consider using a rental agency that can drop off equipment prior to your arrival. You should also set aside some time to conduct a room audit to address any safety issues like wall hangings, electrical cords and window treatments that are within your child’s reach.
Replicate your child’s room conditions.
Focus on making the sleep space calm, cool, dark, and quiet. Don’t forget to bring anything that your child would normally use as part of their routines or items they typically sleep with such as a sleep sac, blanket or stuffed animals. You may even want to go as far as bringing a sheet from their crib or bed so that the new space is more familiar to them.
Let your child warm up to their new sleep space.
Give your child an opportunity to explore the space before putting them down for bedtime or a nap. The new space will look, smell and sound different. Giving your child a chance to become familiar with this new environment is a great way to help avoid any resistance to nap time or bedtime.
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